Introduction: This page will talk about the Precision Nutrition program and I’ll give my opinion on it. Just to be clear, this is my opinion, and it’s completely unofficial. This website is not endorsed by nor affiliated with the actual Precision Nutrition company. I just want to share my Precision Nutrition review and help educate those of you still wondering what exactly this thing is.
What Is Precision Nutrition?
I think of it as my complete nutrition lifestyle. It’s not a diet. It’s definitely not a fad. They call it a “system” and that’s pretty close.
Think of it as a life-long nutrition system.
Best of all, it’s not some ebook. It’s a real system that comes in a box and you always have it at your side (or on your shelf). You can go through the binder and book and feel it in your hands.
The cookbook is a spiral-bound format that will lay flat on your kitchen counter, and I need the cookbook at my side with both my hands free for the food, so that’s very much appreciated. Little touches like that show how much care went into this entire product.
Who created it?
Dr John Berardi. Saying he’s smart is an understatement – the man has a Masters in exercise physiology and a Ph.D. in kinesiology. And that doesn’t begin to cover his real life results as an athlete to back it all up. (And can I say, just look at the guy!)
Also, there exists a great team behind everything. Not only do they work behind the scenes, they are right there in the forums quite often to answer your questions and help along your journey to health.
This gang in the forums is great if you’re like me and don’t have many fitness-minded friends. When I want to talk to someone not eating fast food at least once a day, I get online.
Is It Easy to Follow and Put Into Practice?
It’s both simple and complex. Starting out is simple, but it can be adapted however you like. If you love to exercise and train, well, go crazy with it! But you can also slowly and steadily start to follow the PN guidelines and still get great results.
It’s NOT a textbook.
There are 10 basic guidelines, and each one is simple. For example, “eat protein at every meal.” That seems like a no-brainer to me now that I’m educated on this topic.
The ultimate goal is for 90% compliance with the guidelines. This means even when done perfectly, you have a little wiggle room for cheat meals and such.
Here’s a quote about the Quick Start guide:
“I’ll show you the exact steps that you need to take right away if you’re going to succeed. Every step is laid out in detail, and in less than 45 minutes you will have done precisely what most people never think to do – the critical steps that make all the difference.”
Heck, just go with the Gourmet Nutrition cookbook and start eating that type of food instead of your normal fare. You’ll be healthier just from that. And you could lose weight as well.
It’s not a strict calorie-counting diet. You just follow the meal plans and templates so you go by the system, and that negates the need to really track calories (at least not until you’re already lean and going for super-lean).
If you’ve always hated counting calories all day long, you can quit right now!
What should I expect?
- Increased energy
- Fat loss
- Better functioning immune-system
- More self-confidence
- Improved endurance
- Faster recovery from injury
It sounds incredible but really, that’s simply how your body reacts to a better diet!
Who uses PN to look and feel their best?
Pro athletes, amateur athletes and weekend warriors, body builders, busy moms, and just about everyone who wants to look and feel their best use the program.
Looking at the testimonials on their site, there are fans of Precision Nutrition just about everywhere. Bodybuilding, MMA, cycling, nordic skiing, and more. And not just amateurs – rather, professional fighters of the UFC and NHL teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs. AND, this is big – Olympic gold medalists!
Also, I recently watched a seminar that Dr. Berardi gave to a group of NFL players, including some Super Bowl champs. So this program works for the elite of the elite.
Who should not buy PN?
If you have no motivation to eat healthy or get in shape, don’t want to eat tasty, healthy foods, and would rather just feel like crap and spend all day on the couch and get sick all the time, save your money.
You don’t fall into that category, do you?
Need More Help? Get Coaching
Is the nutrition system not enough? Check out the Lean Eating and Scrawny to Brawny coaching.
Lose weight and get slender or pack on lean muscle. Your choice. With personal attention the whole way through, it’s so much easier to stay on track. You’re actually held accountable for your actions.
There is limited enrollment, though, so if this is for you, get on the PN email list so you know when sign-up opens.
I’m not familiar with the specifics, but the most balanced review of their coaching program is this one from Coach Levi. Pay close attention to the list of reasons not to sign up.
FAQ and Randomness
What’s the price?
It’s $97 for the course and free bonus Gourmet Nutrition cookbook.
What if I’m vegetarian?
Your plant-eating habits will be happy to see an entire section called the Plant-Based Diet Guide. That’s right. PN is so adaptable it is no problem if you’re not a meat eater.
I only eat shakes, not real meals?
Well I guess you can kinda get away with that. Maybe. The binder does contain a Super Shake guide, so at least you have plenty of options for healthy shakes.
Personally I’m a huge fan of the 5-Minute Meals guide, so lack of time is no excuse. These meals are nearly as quick as a shake.
This is V3?
Yep, after lots of additions and refinements over the years, this is the third edition – Precision Nutrition V3.
What else is there?
Did I mention there’s a section about doing body measurements to track progress? It’s cool. Tracking girth measurements and body fat % is a much better stat to track than your weight.
There is also a great section in the members forums where they give out tons of free exercise and training plans for general fitness and certain sports training. That should save you some money if you were thinking of purchasing something like that somewhere else. Just get it free from Precision Nutrition.